Day One: Whakapata Cottage to Stony Bay Lodge

Hosts: Amanda and Simon Bargh
Degree of difficulty:
moderate / difficult
Distance: 15.5km or 6 - 7hrs (with breaks).

After a gentle start across rolling open pastures, begin the climb up Limestone Hill. This is the highest point of your three days at 355 metres above sea level. Limestone Hill is a magnificent vantage point with sweeping views to the Haurangi Ranges and ahead to the Pacific Ocean. It is a perfect lunch spot (on a good day!). Descend to No Name Creek via Tora Bush. This DOC Reserve is a wonderful example of original native bush in our area and provides a welcome respite in hot weather. Your second main climb is up Tim’s Hill and takes you to The Lookout. Take in the breathtaking expanse of coastline below you before descending to the coast. Head north to Stony Bay Lodge. By the sea, the Lodge fulfills our long held dream of a purpose built, architecturally designed coastal retreat. With an enormous open fire and stunning timber interior, Stony Bay Lodge provides ultimate comfort after a hard days graft. Relax on the comfy leather sofa or curl up in the enticing window seat and watch the surf roll in!